Furniture

Friday, August 3, 2012

Junior League of Hartford Show House 2012 — AFTER

I've been remiss in main­tain­ing my blog — I plead the crazi­ness of sum­mer sched­ul­ing! Here are the after pic­tures from the Junior League of Hart­ford Show House, pho­tographed by the tal­ented Michael Partenio.

The space was called "It's a Boy's Life". From this angle, you can see the ceil­ing and wall tent I cre­ated. The pan­els are tied together with leather cord through the antique bronze grom­mets. The ikat drap­ery set the color palette for the room. The neu­tral can­vas pan­els and wall color are a calm back­drop. The cus­tom queen bed cov­er­let is denim, sim­i­lar in tone to the ani­mal print on the plush arm chair. The glass drop lamp is a fun shape and doesn't take up much visual space.

junior league show house boys bedroom tented

Junior League of Hart­ford Show House boy's bedroom

Oppo­site the read­ing nook, at the front of the house, a small dormer was designed as a micro work space. The drop-down desk is large enough for a lap­top. Even an adven­tur­ous boy needs a place to do home­work! The drawer pulls I designed for the built-in draw­ers were a huge hit — lit­er­ally, sticks from my yard, cour­tesy of Win­ter Storm Alfred! On the walls, favorite quotes from Tolkein and St. Augus­tine speak to this boy's love of travel.

junior league show house boys bedroom tentedThe dormer as workspace

A close up of the cus­tom bed with wing head­board and bed­ding. These pieces could eas­ily fit into any adult mas­ter bed­room! (miss­ing from the pic­ture is the cus­tom bol­ster, seen in the next non-professional picture).

junior league show house boys bedroom tented Cus­tom fur­ni­ture and bed­ding is not just for adults!
junior league show house boys bedroom tented In this ama­teur pic­ture, you can see the bol­ster and the full shape of the bed
Oppo­site the bed, the cus­tom mural by Patrick Ganino expands the boy's vista and the bound­aries of the bedroom!
junior league show house boys bedroom custom mural

So much fun to look out of the tent at this vista!

This Junior League of Hart­ford Show House boy's bed­room was so much fun to design! I hope you had a chance to visit the show house — it will be 3 more years before you have another chance!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

cmi in the news: on forbes.com

What a won­der­ful plea­sure, for both myself and my client, to see her home office on Forbes.com! It's truly a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine office space, for a sophis­ti­cated and fem­i­nine lady!

Here's a link to the home office in the slide show. It went online this morning:

and another to the main story:

Thank you Mar­celle Fis­chler for includ­ing my work in your article!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

before & after: the statement furniture piece

Stat­ing the obvi­ous here, but big houses usu­ally have big rooms. Big­ger is not always bet­ter, espe­cially when left with a long, long, long wall space with­out any dis­cernible func­tion. A space that needs to anchor half the room, but has a foot­print only 18 inches deep because it abuts the pri­mary path­way through the room. The pre­vi­ous home­own­ers inserted a con­sole and mir­ror ensem­ble best suited to a funeral home. Folks, please don't try this at home.

before image underscale console

funeral home console

No mat­ter the size of the room, func­tion­al­ity is key. The con­sole above offers none. Now check out the solu­tion: ten feet (!) of lus­cious red lac­quered, antique Chi­nese awesomeness!

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red lac­quer side­board just shy of 10 feet long! photo: Michael Partenio

This beauty is cour­tesy of Antiques by Zaar — THE source for design­ers in search of fab­u­lous antique Chi­nese and Tibetan fur­ni­ture pieces. Owner Ruth Olbrych has the goods, the expe­ri­ence and the knowl­edge. Noth­ing excites a room like an antique so lovely it could be cus­tom! Antiques are key play­ers when work­ing toward a mix of peri­ods and styles in any space. Chi­nese antiques in par­tic­u­lar are an afford­able choice to bring that feel­ing of collected-over-time to a newly dec­o­rated room. With an excit­ing range of col­ors and pat­terns, Chi­nese and Tibetan antiques case goods mix hap­pily with other wood tones and Ori­en­tal rugs.

If you would like help blend­ing antique Chi­nese fur­ni­ture into your home, email Ruth or myself. We'd love to help!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

cmi — in the news

Many thanks to designer and Houzz con­trib­u­tor Pan­gaea for includ­ing my room in her idea book fea­tured today on the Houzz.com home page!

To visit the ide­abook titled "11 Ways to Cre­ate a Mul­ti­pur­pose Office Space", click here. Pan­gaea points out when space is short, a great option is to fit a home office into a sec­re­tary desk, like the Hallings Sec­re­tary from Hick­ory Chair. This clas­sic, designed by Thomas O'Brien, melds beau­ti­fully into tra­di­tional or more con­tem­po­rary rooms.

Family Room, Reinvented #3

The Hallings Sec­re­tary from Hick­ory Chair

When more space is not an option, make the most of the space you have!

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